Redmi AirDots does not have active noise cancellation, equalization app, nor does it deliver sound quality for keen ears. But it’s one of the most popular headphones on the market. The new version, Redmi AirDots 3, was released with the promise of more battery, case with USB type C that many asked for and Bluetooth 5.2 for faster and more stable communication. Has it advanced over Redmi AirDots 2?
Costing around R$ 300, the phone has a battery that guarantees up to 7 hours of streaming music and, with the case, this autonomy increases to 30 hours. The model even has aptX Adaptive codec for better sound and IPX4 certification. Does the upgrade make sense? I evaluated Redmi AirDots 3 and count my impressions in this review.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 3 Video Review
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Design, comfort and case
Unlike other headphones in this category, the Redmi AirDots 3 has its own design that many people already know about. It’s really easy to spot him on the street and Xiaomi knows this well, so a radical design modification was out of the question. This new device is similar to its predecessor and neither the case has undergone a major overhaul, as you can see in the images.
This navy blue used by Xiaomi marks the current generation and, for sure, is the color I would choose when buying. The brand also launched options in pink and white, but I confess that I missed the traditional black. Despite this, I believe the deep blue should suit people who like a more discreet headset. Also in terms of appearance, the fat structure of the product can give an impression of possible inconvenience during use. The truth, however, is that AirDots 3 is very light and I felt no discomfort throughout the testing period.
I just didn’t like wearing it during workouts, because all the time it felt like the wearables were going to fall to the floor. The medium rubber, which comes pre-installed, could not make TWS firm. When replacing the small one, the phone was more stuck, but not as I would like. Speaking of activities, AirDots 3 is IPX4 certified, for sweat and splashing water, just like the competitors.
The case, in turn, has a very nice rubberized appearance. It is bulkier when compared to the case of the Edifier X3 and Realme Buds Q, but it shouldn’t cause any hassles on a daily basis. On the front, there is a white LED to accompany the battery, the back received the USB-C connection and Xiaomi placed, inside, a pairing button.
Features and connectivity
To the delight of some and the sadness of others, the model no longer has physical buttons and all the control now works by touch. Two taps on the right earpiece pauses and plays music; two taps on the left earbud triggers the connected device’s virtual assistant. They are fast controls, very useful, but I believe Xiaomi could improve this experience. I say this because you can’t change the commands and it doesn’t let you control the volume directly on the headphones, a feature that the Edifier TWS1 Pro, your competitor, allows.
In connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2 does an excellent job and has been appearing more and more in input headphones. Communication is very consistent and, even with the cell phone far away, I was able to walk around the house, with several walls in the way, and the sound was not choppy. The latency for videos and games is also excellent, which means that, yes, Redmi AirDots 3 is a good gadget for those who prefer to watch movies, series and play games on their smartphone.
One of the great highlights of the product is the fact that Xiaomi takes true wireless seriously. AirDots 3 works independently, that is, if you keep the left earphone in the case (or vice versa), the other one will continue playing normally. This is a technology that many people consider before purchasing an entry-level model.
Like other headphones in this category, the Redmi AirDots 3 is energetic and very lively sounding in order to please most people. The bass is striking — super abundant — the mids are balanced, while the highs reverberate with a certain vivacity, but strident in specific moments.
in classic Don’t Stop Dancing, from Creed, I can even identify some instruments, the beats are felt all the time, but there is a bit of a jumble throughout the track, especially at the high point of the song. At that moment, when the drum cymbals gain more power and space, the strident sounds show up. It’s a “normal” limitation of this input TWS and only people with keener ears will notice this weakness in complex music.
When putting a pop, I made sure that Redmi AirDots is a phone for those who appreciate this musical genre. Beautiful Mistakes, by Maroon 5, is reproduced with vigor, the details of the track are always present and Adam Levine’s remarkable vocal sounds harmonic. I can say the same about good 4 u, by Olivia Rodrigo, who resonates with an energy that pleases a lot. On the other hand, I imagine a lot of people aren’t going to like listening to hip-hop at high volumes here. wants and needs, from Drake, and money, from Cardi B, are very impactful and can be annoying. It’s best to listen with reduced intensity.
Microphone and battery
The microphone has a good result. Although he picks up some noise in the background, I didn’t notice the metallic look so present. The person on the other end was able to understand what I was saying without difficulty. In short, it’s a good headset for video calls and quick phone calls. The passive noise cancellation also caught my attention, which managed to shield very well from the noise of cars, motorcycles and other outdoor sounds.
On battery, while past generations delivered about 4 hours of sound, the version analyzed here advances to 7 hours, which is practically the market average. With the case, this number increases to 30 hours. In my tests, connected to an iPhone 12, playing via Spotify with the volume at 50%, the headphones played for 8h45min, an excellent result. To help with autonomy, AirDots 3 has sensors that automatically pause the music as soon as you remove the headphones.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 3: is it worth it?
The Redmi AirDots is a successful headset because it was so well designed to meet the masses. The whole set was designed for a simpler consumer, but who likes lively and powerful sound — and Xiaomi delivers a sound with these characteristics. Despite the strong bass, the model has the potential to please most people because of the striking sound and, again, I have to commend the passive cancellation that is really efficient.
The in-ear of the Chinese also stands out for its own design; autonomy is great and within what is expected for today; while the connectivity system, with Bluetooth 5.2, is excellent. Although it’s very comfortable, I can’t say this is a good TWS for exercisers. I really didn’t like the experience and other competitors deliver better stability for those who are always on the go.
If you think the energetic beats of this TWS are going to bother you, it’s worth checking out the JBL Tune 215TWS. Even with a sound that doesn’t win me over, it should suit you who like a more neutral sound. If you want more battery, I wouldn’t miss the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2, a model that promises up to 100 hours of playback with the case. If you prefer Xiaomi, even Redmi AirDots 3 will follow in the market as an excellent entry option.
Bluetooth Headset Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 3
- Sound is very energetic for those who like liveliness
- Phone remains accessible and to the point
- Passive noise cancellation is really good
- Battery advanced a lot
- Anyway, USB type C and Bluetooth 5.2
- Xiaomi could control the bass a little
- Competitors let you control the volume on the handset
- It may not be interesting for those who practice physical exercises